Beyond This Point Are Monsters is a model of taut, credible, completely contained plotting, and a book with full marks for entertainment. The scene is southern California where young Devon Osborne has petitioned the court to declare her husband, now unseen for a year, legally dead. The story, with highly effective recourse to flashback, occupies only the few days of the hearing. Is the evidence of his death - missing migrant workers, bloodied bunkhouse - adequate; why is his mother so certain he’s alive; what did happen to Robert Osbourne?
©1970 Margaret Millar Survivor's Trust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I haven't read the print version, but the audio version held my interest on a long drive I was taking. The narrator did an excellent job portraying a wide variety of characters and flashbacks, and made the book easy to follow.
The author seemed to know the setting very well, post WW II California, so it was realistic. I also liked some of the twists at the end.
Chapter 15 when Devon begins to do her own sleuthing.
Though the book isn't extremely fast paced with a lot of murders, it realistically builds to a nice conclusion with some clever twists.
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